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Old 03-07-2018, 12:21 PM   #1
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Towing with RAM 1500 V8 4x4

Havent seen a thread about this, which I could have overlooked. Interested in the TA 5.0. Ive got a RAM 1500 V8 4x4. Anyone have the same or input would be appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:12 PM   #2
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What year Ram ? I had a 2010 4x4, hemi, 1500 SCREW that I towed with.
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:16 PM   #3
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Sounds great. Mines a 2015 Hemi and shouldn't have a problem then! I have a 17 ft. Casita now going to put up for sale then order the TA. Thanks for the reply
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:30 PM   #4
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To find previous discussions, I think you need to search for the marketing name of the engine - "Hemi" - rather than "V8".
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:34 PM   #5
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The main issue I had with mine ( besides the transmission bump shifting, 2010 ) was the coil springs in the rear end were much too soft. I ended up adding air bags to get the support and stability I wanted for towing. I tried the Timbren load "springs", but they bruised our kidneys badly. The airbags worked great. I know Ram added air bags as a factory option later.

Do you have the air bags ?
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:44 PM   #6
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We've owned both a 2011 & 2014 Ram 1500 4x4 Quad cab with the Hemi V8 engine. Both trucks had air bags in the rear suspension.
We find the Ram 1500 adequate for towing our 17 ft fiberglass trailer. We are at or slightly over our payload limit when towing.

I have not nor would I attempt to tow an Escape 5.0 TA with my Ram 1500 truck
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Old 03-07-2018, 01:57 PM   #7
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I have a 2014 Ram Hemi Sport Quad with 3:21 rear and 8 speed transmission, tow package. I avg 15 mpg towing my Escape 19, tongue weight 450#. The issue with the Ram is 2 fold, one you do not have a full sized spare, but a temp spare, unless you purchase one after market. The second issue is capacity, If you check your door jamb, your GCWR is around 1450 lbs. This is for occupants and cargo. Thus with 2 adults and 2 dogs plus my tongue weight plus maybe 150 lbs in the bed, I'm within 300 lbs of my max capacity. I carry 1/2 full fresh water, otherwise my t/w weight is 500#
The pin weight of the 5.0 can approach close to 900 lbs with the additional weight of the 5th well hitch, putting you over your Ram's capacity limit. So depending on who and what you carry, the Ram's limit is not horsepower but carrying capacity. Most 1/2 ton trucks have similar limits.
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For those not familiar with recent Ram trucks...
While air bags can be inserted into coil springs (as I did in our van), the Ram truck factory optional air suspension (available starting 2013 model year) has proper air springs instead of coils. As far as I know, it's the only factory-installed air suspension available in a light truck in North America, and it is now available in Ram's light-duty (1500) and heavier (2500, 3500) pickups.
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:21 PM   #9
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Yes, the factory air suspension is nice, but supposedly in the way of the 5th wheel hitch install. Air bags within the coil springs is always an option, but neither of these options increase the carrying capacity limit of the Ram.
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I have a 2014 Ram Hemi Sport Quad with 3:21 rear and 8 speed transmission, tow package. I avg 15 mpg towing my Escape 19, tongue weight 450#. The issue with the Ram is 2 fold, one you do not have a full sized spare, but a temp spare, unless you purchase one after market. The second issue is capacity, If you check your door jamb, your GCWR is around 1450 lbs. This is for occupants and cargo. Thus with 2 adults and 2 dogs plus my tongue weight plus maybe 150 lbs in the bed, I'm within 300 lbs of my max capacity. I carry 1/2 full fresh water, otherwise my t/w weight is 500#
The pin weight of the 5.0 can approach close to 900 lbs with the additional weight of the 5th well hitch, putting you over your Ram's capacity limit. So depending on who and what you carry, the Ram's limit is not horsepower but carrying capacity. Most 1/2 ton trucks have similar limits.
Thanks so much for posting this thread and all of this information, guys! I have a 2017 Quad Cab 1500 4x4 with the 5.7L Hemi, tow package, 8 speed and 3.92 rear axle. Dodge says the max towing is 10,150 pounds, but judging from what I read here and using the Travel Trailer Weight Estimator over at Changing Gears, I think I will eventually be going with a 21' instead of the 5.0 (one person full time, no critters). Hopefully, a weight distributing hitch will compensate enough that the 200 pounds over recommended weight within margin will be sufficient.
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